Wife of my son, daughter of our family,
Today you become officially the #1 woman in in my son’s life. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Just as your father gives you to my son today, so I give my son to you, with a glad heart and much love.
For years, I prayed that God would protect and bless the girls my boys would marry. I prayed in faith that God would bring daughter-in-laws who had a heart for our family, our strengths and weaknesses included. When God blesses, He blesses abundantly. I prayed for children. He gave me 5 sons. I prayed for a good husband. He sent me the best. I prayed for my sons to be healed at various times. They are healthy and whole. God is faithful to His promises. He brought you, the abundant answer to prayer.
Samuel’s father, Elkanah, provides the prototype for what I consider a most wonderful husband! It is from his relationship with Hannah that I pray my hope and faith for your marriage.
In the mighty name of Jesus I pray that my son will be the Elkanah to your Hannah.
I pray that my son favors you above all others, giving you double portions, seeking out why you cry, why you will not eat, why you are down-hearted—that he sees your genuine heart, kindness, and heart’s desires—through the hills and valleys of your life.
I pray that you value each other as Elkanah valued Hannah. He wanted to mean more to her than 10 sons. Sons defined the value of a woman during that time. If she couldn’t produce sons, she had no value, no esteem in the community. What the world says is valuable is not what is important. Elkanah values her heart, her companionship, who she is—not her position in the community, her job, or where she comes from. He values what’s on the inside.
I pray that each of you pour your soul out to the Lord, praying and sharing God’s word in your life with each other, that your house be full of children who bring you much joy, that your children return there to find comfort, rest and spiritual refreshment.
I pray that you put God above all the desires of your heart because then you will be blessed beyond measure.